Spectrum 2019 London Sinfonietta: Schnee (UK)
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Spectrum 2019
London Sinfonietta: Schnee (UK)

“The Sinfonietta blended rigour with the expressive depth in Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee." – The Guardian

Regarded as one of the world’s finest contemporary classical ensemble, London Sinfonietta returns to the Esplanade Concert Hall with three innovative and expressive works written within the last 30 years.

Monumental and ethereal, Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee reflects the composer’s fascination with winter by offering multiple aural perspectives of snow—from the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast impenetrable snowdrifts and snow-laden landscapes.

Equally evocative is Oliver Knussen’s set of four miniature works, Songs Without Voices—The first three being complete poems with each syllable “set” to music for instruments (without voice); and the last featuring the cor anglais. Together with OpusNovus, London Sinfonietta will begin the evening with an encounter of the unexpected with Singapore composer Diana Soh’s Modicum, a work consisting of seven short movements, the sequence of which is rearranged for every performance.

Diana Soh                   Modicum (2018) **
Oliver Knussen            Songs Without Voices (1992)
Hans Abrahamsen       Schnee (2008)
** Performed by London Sinfonietta together with OpusNovus

Find out more about Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee.

Catch After Hours: Steve Reich’s Double Sextet by OpusNovus at the Annexe Studio right after.

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Approximately 2 hours, with 20 minutes intermission

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The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s finest contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on cutting-edge programming and virtuosic performances. Founded in 1968, the ensemble has commissioned nearly 400 new works, and premiered many hundreds more.

Resident at Southbank Centre and Artistic Associates at Kings Place, with a busy touring schedule across the UK and abroad, its core is 16 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. Having held a world-leading position in education and participation work for many years, the London Sinfonietta continues this with a belief that arts participation is transformational to individuals and communities, and new music is relevant to people’s lives.

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OpusNovus is a versatile contemporary music ensemble composed of musicians from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS. Its programmes often feature works by internationally renowned composers, and lesser-known gems of the contemporary repertoire. OpusNovus also seeks to promote music by composers based in Singapore and around the region, as well as works by conservatory students, faculty and alumni.

The ensemble has collaborated with guest artists and ensembles such as Steven Schick, Ensemble Multilaterale, Trio Surplus, Ensemble Modern, and Wu Xian. OpusNovus is a resident ensemble for the Conservatory’s annual Young Composer’s Academy.

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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Marabu - The First Ripple by Bhaskar's Arts Academy An Esplanade Co-Production
Presented as the first part of a trilogy, dance-theatre production Marabu – The First Ripple traces the passage and legacy of the Indian community in the Southeast Asian region.This creative retelling of historical events revolves around the protagonist— a peasant —and his journey through the Chola invasion, that eventually leads to the construction of the Bhujanga Valley temples.Created specially for Kalaa Utsavam 2019, the collaborative piece sees veteran artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar teaming up with co-choreographer Ajith Bhaskar and theatre director G Selva. “The story of our ancestors and their culture, and where we came from are the inspirations behind Marabu,” says Bhaskar. This co-production with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay brings to life certain pages in the book of time that capture pertinent moments of the Singapore Indian community and their shared history with other communities.Marabu – The First Ripple features performers from Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Suvarna Fine Arts (Malaysia), Avant Theatre and Gamelan Singamurti.
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★★★★“Sally Field and Bill Pullman deliver a Miller for our times” - Guardian★★★★“All My Sons is a finely drawn, perfectly plotted, remarkably resonant mixture of the personal and the political.”  - Times★★★★★ “a thrill to watch.” - TelegraphAcademy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
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in::music – StellaVee: Say Whaaat? 好in::乐 - StellaVee《朋友说。。。什么?》
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Cooking with Chef Mel Dean (A Cooking Demo with House Brand)
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The spirit of Chōwa is a Japanese concept that represents harmonious partnerships. It encapsulates the musical pairing of vocalist Rani Singam, known as Singapore’s first lady of jazz, and one of Japan’s foremost jazz pianists, Akira Ishii.The two first performed together in Tokyo in 2018, and what Rani found amazing was how they could communicate and express themselves through the music in spite of the differences in their languages—a testimony to the universality of jazz and its ability to break down diverse differences in culture and language. She found an inexplicable synergy with Akira Ishii’s sensitive and lyrical accompaniment.Fuelled by their mutual love for jazz and pop standards, Rani Singam and Akira Ishii perform two evenings of intimate piano and voice duets. This marks Ishii’s Singapore debut and the furthering of a dynamic musical partnership in the true spirit of Chōwa.
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Get up-close and personal with AGAM as they share how they compose their songs and stories. Participants will gain insights on how the band approaches and arranges their music with a live demo and Q&A session. AGAM also performs acoustic versions of some of their hits, and an impromptu arrangement of a new song.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Swarhythm An Album Launch
Known for their creative and contemporary interpretations of traditional music, Swarhythm Ensemble comprises a multi-ethnic group of talented local musicians. Founded and led by accomplished tabla artist Nawaz Mirajkar, the group will be launching their first recorded album Swarhythm at Kalaa Utsavam 2019.The songs on record are a majestic confluence of the rich melodies and rhythms of India, weaved in with ethnic Malay and Chinese elements, as well as some exciting Spanish influences. The performance will also feature artists from India.Nawaz MirajkarNawaz Mirajkar draws inspiration from the diverse sounds of traditional and contemporary music present in Singapore. He has collaborated with acclaimed flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, veteran drummer Sivamani, as well as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Nawaz’s works as a music composer have been featured in Kalaa Utsavam in 2015 (Antharagni) and 2013 (Taal Express). He was awarded the Young Artist Award (Music) by the National Arts Council in 2011.Featured musiciansTabla: Nawaz MirajkarPiano: Renu SureshSitar: Swetha BaskaranVocals: Vathiar Mohanavelu Sai VigneshwarVocals: Alimpan MukherjeeChinese drum and percussion: Toh Kai Siang EugeneErhu: Lim Kwuan BoonCello: Gan Ying YingSouth Indian percussion: Mahesh ParameswaranViolin: Bombay V AnandSpanish Guitar: Alberto MarinSarod: Praashekh BorkarBansuri: Sunil Avachat
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What comes from an egg, is large and white, and soars through the sky? An elephant, of course!Not just any elephant—but the King of Elephants! Airavata is his name, and he is the brave and loyal vahana (vehicle) of Lord Indra.The kingly duo goes on all sorts of adventures—from bringing rain to earth and battling the powerful forces of Ravana, to facing off against the evil Vritra. Join the faithful Airavata as he brings Lord Indra across heaven and earth, and find out if he prevails at mammoth tasks.This engaging production is narrated in English, and features music and dance.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 The Threshold by Pallavi MD and Bindhumalini
The Threshold is a musical conversation. In this unique and intimate production, musical duo Pallavi and Bindhumalini explore the issue of gender and its lived experiences through a lens of compassion. From the stories of Hypatia, Agnodice, Kharbaoucha and Fanny Mendelson, to the songs of Sule Sunkkavva, Nina Simone and Meera, The Threshold celebrates the tales of remarkable women across continents and spanning generations.Pallavi and Bindhu’s voices weave the lesser-known journeys of these women, accentuated with a rich plethora of sounds from instruments such as the harmonium, flute, kazoo, swarmandal, udukkai, ghungroo, kartal, rainmaker and the banjo. They will be singing in a variety of South Asian languages, as well as Italian, Spanish and English.Pallavi MDPallavi MD is a singer, actor, sound designer, composer, editor and filmmaker, with works featuring multidisciplinary collaborations. Pallavi’s solo play C Sharp C Blunt won her the META best actress award. She also claimed the Best Actress Award at the Aryabhatta Award for her role in teleseries Garva. Pallavi bagged the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Playback Singer in 2006 and 2007 for her song Nodayya sung in the film Duniya. She has received the State Kempegowda award for her contribution in the field of music, and the Central Academy's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award for her work in music and poetry.BindhumaliniBindhumalini juggles many hats. She is a musician, music director, actor and graphic designer, on top of being one of the rare artists trained in both carnatic and Hindustani classical forms. Bindhu is known for her soulful voice and deeply spiritual renditions of poetry and songs of the mystics from the subcontinent. She has composed and sung for films, theatre productions, jingles and independent albums in Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil. Recently, Bhindu won the National Film Award for Best Playback Singer – Female for Mayavi Manave from the movie Nathicharami (2018).
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Limelight 2019 Mayflower Secondary School Choir
Conducted by Mrs. Tay Sze Chen, the Mayflower Secondary School (MFSS) Choir is a group of vibrant, young people who share a common love for singing. The choir has been consistently awarded the Certificate of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation since 2015 and Distinction in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Choral Singing Examinations (2014 and 2017).Even in its pursuit for choral excellence, the MFSS Choir hopes to serve and touch others in the community through performances such as a fund-raising charity concert for the Viva Foundation in Jun 2019. The choir performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre at International Contemporary Dance Festival (2017) and is continuously seeking meaningful collaborations in integrating other art forms into their music-making.Recounting tales from the ancient Painted Books to pop classics and our local Singapore stories, the choir hopes to dazzle you with a kaleidoscopic mix of choral music.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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Join professional voice coach TJ Taylor as he runs a practical masterclass in exploring belt technique in musical theatre and pop music. This workshop will teach participants what is belting, how to do it safely and how to apply it into your musical theatre and pop songs. With the rise of talent competitions and popular music, belt notes or “money notes” are the big notes that everyone is waiting for you to hit in almost every song. Taylor will explain how you can access this vital contemporary sound and be able to sustain it in a safe and healthy way in your vocal performances.About TJ Taylor TJ Taylor is a professional singing teacher from the UK. He has been teaching in Singapore for the last six years and specialises in musical theatre voice techniques. Taylor is the Associate Artistic Director of Sing’Theatre, where he directs professional productions, teaches musical theatre classes to children and adults and runs a thriving private vocal studio. He is also an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts where he works with the students from Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre on singing technique and performance coaching. Taylor regularly works with Singapore theatre companies as a vocal coach including Pangdemonium, Base Entertainment and Double Confirm Productions. 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Amit Trivedi Live in Concert
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Limelight 2019 Xinmin Secondary School Choir
Xinmin Chorale is a youth choir comprising talented and enthusiastic singers. Through a love for music, they seek to inculcate a passion for singing in each of their choristers, in the process moulding them into all-rounded and gracious student leaders.The programme’s first half is built around themes of gratitude and compassion. A highlight is Et Misericordia from John Rutter’s Magnificat, which features alumnus Evangeline Ng as the soprano soloist. For the second half, the choir will be presenting an upbeat medley of songs from The Greatest Showman.About Xinmin Secondary School ChoirIn providing opportunities for growth and joy to its choristers, Xinmin Chorale has been contributing actively to the vibrant school culture. They perform regularly in public concerts and musicals, such as the highly successful choral concert series Melizo. In 2015, they were invited to perform at Youth Celebrate!—the inaugural opening ceremony of the Singapore Sports Hub, a national event that sought to recognise young talents. Xinmin Chorale was invited to perform at Voices of Singapore Festival (2016), which showcased more than 1600 singers from 37 invited choirs. To celebrate their Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) achievements, the choir was also invited to perform at the SYF Celebrations 2016 Opening Concert.Despite the choir’s short history, they have consistently received accolades at the SYF Central Judging for Choirs with successive Gold Awards since 2005, along with a Gold with Honours Award in 2011. Since 2013, the choir has also consistently garnered Certificates of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. To ensure its continued excellence, the young singers are regularly coached by renowned international choral conductors and composers.Xinmin Chorale has also made its mark at international choral competitions. In 2009, the choir was awarded a Gold Diploma and was the Under-16 category winner at the International Festival of Advent and Choral Music held in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2013, the choir won a Gold Award and was the top choir in the Under-16 Mixed Choir category at the Winter Choral Festival held in Hong Kong. At the Singapore International Choral Festival in 2014, the choir was awarded a Gold Award and won the Mixed Voices Under-16 category.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 The Lost Wax Project
There is no space and time before movement. The body does not move into space and time—it creates space and time.Our bodies are constantly in motion, reaching out towards something and creating different relationships with everything around us. In a way, they constantly seek to reinvent themselves and become something else. This potentiality appears every time language exceeds its syntax, every time another exceeds our reach, every time we sense more than we comprehend.The Lost Wax Project explores the potentiality of space and its interrelations with the human body. The title is a metaphor from the sculpting process, in which wax moulds are used to cast metallic sculptures. When the sculpture takes its final shape, the wax that fills the mould is “lost”.“You are seeing something tangible, but [what] made it tangible is no longer there,” says choreographer Preethi Athreya, comparing the casting process to the function of the body in space. In this work, she crafts a circular stage around which the audience sits, inviting them into an intimate experience of the negative space between human bodies.Preethi AthreyaChennai-based contemporary dancer and choreographer Preethi Athreya was trained in bharatnatyam under the Dhananjayans. She went on to attain a post-graduate degree in Dance Studies from the Labon Centre, London, and has been working with the eminent choreographer Padmini Chettur since 1999.
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The Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (TKGS) Choir returns to share their love for choral music, with their fourth instalment on the Esplanade stage under the Limelight series.Recognised for their expressive intensity and impeccable sound, the TKGS Choir has garnered several Gold with Honours Awards and Certificates of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. The choir is also a Gold medallist in a number of international choral competitions such as the Winter Choral Festival Hong Kong and Festival of Songs Olomouc, Czech Republic.Under the baton of Ms. Lim Ai Hooi and Ms. Cherie Chai, the TKGS Choir will whisk you away on a musical journey of self-expression and self-discovery. This year’s theme (“We Are...”) is presented through a series of enthralling pieces that include Mia Makaroff’s Butterfly and Ko Matsushita’s arrangement of Leroy Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Inter_rupted by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company
As the body disintegrates, where do thoughts and emotions reside? When thoughts and emotions disintegrate, where does your trace reside? And when all is gone from the known, where does your love reside?Inter_rupted explores the human body—its fragility, disintegration, resilience, vulnerability, inevitability and renewal. It asks of the audience to celebrate the body and its existence, the way it lives and breathes as something that is transient, flowing, and yet interrupted.Dance maverick Aditi Mangaldas returns to Kalaa Utsavam for the fourth time, bringing her signature blend of the classical kathak tradition, contemporary dance elements and theatre design. The choreography will feature musicians as part of the set—diverging from the classical Indian dance tradition of placing the seated ensemble at the side of the stage. Inter_rupted was awarded the Best Other Contemporary Work at the Seeing Dance annual awards in 2016.“This piece wasn't easy to make, as I had to face the very “moment” that the work talks about. In this piece that is all I have done – tried to not capture anything…just to face it, if possible,” says Aditi.Aditi MangaldasA leading dancer and choreographer in the classical Indian dance form of kathak, Aditi Mangaldas received training from gurus Shrimati Kumudini Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj. She is known for consistently breaking new ground, by using kathak as a springboard to evolve a contemporary dance vocabulary that is infused with the spirit of the classical. 
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A contemporary comic Peking Opera performanceAn allegorical tale about authenticity and deceitfulnessA comic take on a classic tale, told by three Peking Opera clowns through mime, slapstick humour, and of course, Peking Opera!GuoGuang Opera Company of Taiwan presents The Ghost Seller, their modern interpretation of the allegorical Chinese tale of a man trying to sell a make-believe goat at a market.Featuring three experienced Peking Opera artists in chou (clown) roles, this genre-bending production is a lively and skilful blend of Peking Opera artistry, comic performance and audience interaction. In The Ghost Seller, the real is often intertwined with the false, and the unexpected is to be expected. The line between imagination and reality blurs as the audience is challenged to figure what is true and what is not.At its premiere in Taiwan in 2014, The Ghost Seller took Taiwanese contemporary theatre by storm and received widespread acclaim, and was nominated for a Taishin Arts Award. This is one performance that Chinese Opera and theatre-lovers should not miss.Director: Song Hou KuanPlaywright: Xing Ben NingDramatic Director: Chen Chin HoMain cast: Chen Yuan Hong, Chen Fu Kuo, Zhou Shen XingAbout GuoGuang Opera Company Established in 1995, GuoGuang Opera Company of Taiwan infuses literary classics with a modern aesthetic using contemporary theatre concepts. Along with traditional operatic works, the company explores new and original programmes that combine current social issues and elements extracted from literature, history and folklore. GuoGuang actively engages in the development of new works, extends performances to new venues to reach a wider audience, and participates in international exchange programmes to promote the xiqu art form. The Company has also received numerous invitations to perform its award-winning productions internationally.
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Veteran singer Xia Hui takes the stage as she brings you memorable tunes from your favourite television and movie soundtracks from the ’60s and ’70s. Expect to hear classics such as Ali Mountain Girl, Everlasting Love, Blue & Black and more!
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Jeremy Monteiro and friends welcome another yuletide season with A Sweet and Lovely Jazzy Christmas!It’s that time of the year again when we get to slow down and enjoy happy moments with family, friends and loved ones. So join in the good times and yuletide cheer with Singapore’s King of Swing and his longtime musical friends as they present an evening that will leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart.Featuring well-loved numbers such as The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and Sweet and Lovely.
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“This is Lepage at his very best, showing his talent for forging unexpected connections and appealing simultaneously to hearts and minds.”– The Guardian“It is a remarkable play, performed by a truly remarkable actor. It is a sad, funny, astonishing, brilliant, interesting, thought-provoking and utterly energizing play.”– The Australian"A stunning theatrical work that makes the universe more understandable while also making it more mysterious. You can’t ask much more than from a work of art.”– The Boston GlobeAn international space race to the moon. An inevitable domestic reconciliation. A journey of pure theatrical magic.Set against a backdrop of the race to the moon between the Americans and the Russians, The Far Side of the Moon casts its cosmic gaze on Philippe, a struggling introverted philosopher, and his younger brother André, a successful TV weatherman—an estranged pair drawn together, coming to grips with the death of their mother.Internationally renowned Canadian theatre visionary Robert Lepage’s iconic The Far Side of the Moon premiered in Québec in 2000, and has since been presented in over 45 cities all around the world. Performed solo by the critically acclaimed Yves Jacques, Lepage’s master work of poignant storytelling is visually stunning and technically exquisite, an emotionally arresting exploration of both outer and inner space.About Robert Lepage and Ex MachinaRobert Lepage is a Canadian playwright, actor, film director, and stage director, recognised as an evocative scenographer and a magical storyteller. His company Ex Machina, which he started in 1994, is known to be one of the world’s most innovative companies, approaching projects with investigative workshops and ensemble-led research.Ex Machina’s creative team believes that the performing arts—dance, opera, music—should be mixed with recorded arts—filmmaking, video art and multimedia. It believes that there must be meetings between scientists and playwrights, set painters and architects, and between artists from Québec and the rest of the world. From these gatherings, it believes that new artistic forms will emerge.Lepage has been acknowledged by Le Monde as “a maestro of today’s multimedia theatre”. He has also been described as “a transformational catalyst as Peter Brook” who “[creates] theatre for people who don’t like theatre”.
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Voices Series 2019 Opus Jam A Cappella Workshop (France)
Join Opus Jam in their first-ever visit to Singapore in this workshop as they share on the history of a cappella singing, how it differs from choral singing, and breaks down how to arrange music for a cappella singing.This is a rare chance to participate in a workshop conducted by the winners of the Grand Prix of the Moscow Spring A Cappella 2017 festival, and you might even get to sing pop a cappella with them!Participants must be at least 12 years old.Catch Opus Jam live in concert on 28 & 29 Oct, Mon & Tue, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio.Opus Jam Official website: http://opus-jam.com/
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Limelight 2019 Commonwealth Secondary School Choir
Under the dynamic musical tutelage of Mr. Foong Hak Luen, the Commonwealth Secondary School Choir has been actively contributing to the musical culture in school, as well as participating in regular public performances. The choir has received Gold, Gold with Honours and Distinction Awards in the biannual Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation since 1999 and has also received two Gold Awards in international choral competitions held in China and Malaysia.For the first half of the concert, the choir will be presenting beautiful choral pieces like Arthur Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, alongside contemporary works like Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground and fiery pieces like Daemon Irrepit Callidus and Dies Irae.In the more light-hearted second half, audiences can groove to the familiar songs of ABBA. The choir will present their take on oldies like Mama Mia, Money Money Money, I Have A Dream, Super Trouper, Dancing Queen and Thank You for the Music.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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in::music - Celeste Syn & Lara Liang: Farewell Perfection 好in::乐 - 冼佩瑾与梁心颐《再别,完美主义!》
Is there such a thing as perfection? Can we ever attain perfection? And if the realisation is that the pursuit of this elusive state of mind will not bring about happiness, are we able to let it go? Brought together by their love for music and bonded through their abilities to write songs that speak forth of their worries and aspirations, local singer-songwriter Celeste Syn joins hands with Taiwanese pop chanteuse Lara Liang to present a cross-border showcase inspired by their pursuit of perfection.Performing their individual hits such as Celeste’s Control Freak and Throw You In The River as well as Lara’s latest album singles Thousand-Faced Beast and Precious Pain, the talented duo will showcase songs they have written together and share more on their journey as singer-songwriters. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear great music and join us for an evening of self-reflection as we bid farewell to perfection! 
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da:ns festival 2019 Echoa by Arcosm (France)
 “It’s hard to conceive of anyone - of any age - not loving Echoa. French company Arcosm has so much talent in its midst that we’re almost bowled over by it. [...] Rarely is contemporary dance so accessible and fun, eliciting peels of giggling laughter from young mouths alongside adult guffaws.” - The ScotsmanHow does a percussionist dance? What is the sound of a dancer? An international success in over 25 countries with more than 930 performances, Echoa is a wonderfully entertaining and accessible music and movement experience for the whole family.Two percussionists and two dancers meet onstage. Will they be able to understand each other? Their friendly competition and jubilant play make delightful use of both expected and unexpected instruments, while dance emerges in moments of comedy, non-verbal conversation and tenderness. Echoa will make you tap your feet, hold your breath and then laugh along as you see dancing with new ears.Performing for the first time in Singapore, award-winning French dance company Arcosm specialises in theatrical experiences for young audiences. This performance is the perfect programme for the entire family, appealing to children as young as seven to their grandparents.About the artists Founded in 2001 by Thomas Guerry and Camille Rocailleux, Arcosm has been solely directed by Thomas Guerry since 2016. Created with the mission of reinventing the theatre experience for young audiences, Arcosm brings together multi-talented performers trained in music, dance, physical theatre, mime, and singing. The company’s creations are a potent combination of the surprising and unexpected. Burlesque humour is tempered with moments of reflection on the human condition. Dreamlike theatre meets danced reverie in a compelling universe that will enchant audiences both young and old.Arcosm has toured to La Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Sadler’s Wells Theatre (UK), MOMIX Festival (Kingersheim), Fil Festival (Brazil), Festival KinderKinder (Germany), Les Coups de Théâtre (Canada), Panoptikum Festival (Germany), Traffo Festival (Luxembourg), Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (Scotland), BIBU BIENNAL (Sweden), ASK Festival (China). Arcosm is subsidised by the Culture and Communications Ministry / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as a “Company of National and International Outreach”, in recognition of their work in dance for young audiences. 
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Limelight 2019 River Valley High School Choir
The River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) come together to present a concert featuring songs dear to their hearts from the past 20 years. Centering on the theme “Homecoming!”, the concert will feature works such as 《米农》, a commission by Zechariah Goh, select movements from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, as well as a rare performance of Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum. Join the choir as they recall milestones and the many memories made through singing together.About River Valley High ChoirUnder the guidance of conductor Ms. Choy Siew Woon, the River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) have established a strong tradition of musical accomplishments and accolades. At the recent Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2019 for choirs, both choirs were awarded the Certificate of Distinction. The choirs have committed themselves to several areas of service. In addition to performing at school events such as ReVerie and Open House, the choristers also lent their voices to the Christmas Wonderland event held at Gardens by the Bay in 2018.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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da:ns series 2020 Lady of the Camellias Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier (Germany)
“Neumeier’s biggest coup.” - Hamburger Morgenpost“A magical moment of ballet“ - Stuttgarter Zeitung“An ingenious combination of dramaturgy, staging and choreography.” - Stuttgarter Nachrichten“Highly dramatic and moving”- Hamburger MorgenpostThe Hamburg Ballet presents the Singapore premiere of Lady of the Camellias, one of choreographer John Neumeier’s most beloved works. This debut presentation in Singapore will be directed by Neumeier himself, as Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet.Based on Alexandre Dumas fils’ landmark novel La Dame aux Camélias, Lady of the Camellias is an unconventional story ballet that tells the tragic tale of Marguerite, a beautiful courtesan secretly suffering from tuberculosis, whose life of debauchery takes a turn when she falls in love with Armand Duval, a young man from a well-to-do family. Confronted by Armand’s father, she decides to leave her one true love, and soon after dies of her illness.Set to the romantic music of Frederic Chopin and with lush costumes by Jürgen Rose, Lady of the Camellias features some of the most beautiful pas de deux in 20th-century ballet. Since its premiere in 1978, Lady of the Camellias has entered the repertory of ballet companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre.Neumeier is a recipient of some of the most prestigious international awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the French Order of Arts and Letters and the Legion of Honour. With the Hamburg Ballet last performing in Singapore in 2003, this is a rare chance to enjoy this well-loved John Neumeier ballet work performed by the Hamburg Ballet, which has been under the helm of Neumeier since 1973.
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Esplanade Presents Lea Salonga in Concert
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Many fans of all ages recognise Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honour of Disney Legend in August 2011.Lea most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island as the Goddess of Love, Erzulie, and also serves as a judge on The Philippines hit version of The Voice. In 2017, Lea released two albums—Bahaghari, an album of traditional Filipino songs which serves as a reflection of all the intricate and different languages found in the Philippines to help preserve the island nation’s dynamic culture, and Blurred Lines, her electrifying live album which was recorded during her sold-out run at Feinstein’s/54 Below the year before.For this concert, Lea will be performing songs from Broadway musicals to film music, and a few notable Disney favourites. 
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Event Date
Sat, 2 Nov 2019


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